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In The Dark Spaces by Cally Black

IN THE DARK SPACES Author: Cally Black Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Format: Paperback Genre: YA | Science Fiction BACK COVER BLURB A genre-smashing kidnapping drama about Tamara, who’s faced with an impossible choice when she falls for her captors. Yet this is no ordinary kidnapping. Tamara has been living on a freighter in deep space, and her kidnappers are terrifying Crow people – the only aliens humanity has ever encountered. No-one has ever survived a Crow people attack, until now—and Tamara must use everything she has just to stay alive. But survival always comes at a price, and there’s no handbook for this hostage crisis. As Tamara comes to know the Crow people’s way of life, and the threats they face from humanity’s exploration into deep space, she realises she has an impossible choice to make. Should she stay as the only human among the Crows, knowing she’ll never see her family again … or inevitably betray her new community if she wants to escape? 0

Forty Words for Sorrow by Giles Blunt

FORTY WORDS FOR SORROW Author: Giles Blunt Publisher: Vintage Canada Format: Paperback Series: John Cardinal #1 Genre: Police Procedural | Suspense BACK COVER BLURB When four teenagers go missing in the small northern town of Algonquin Bay, the extensive police investigation comes up empty. Everyone is ready to give up except Detective John Cardinal, an all-too-human loner whose persistence only serves to get him removed from homicide. Haunted by a criminal secret in his own past and hounded by a special investigation into corruption on the force, Cardinal is on the brink of losing his career–and his family. Then the mutilated body of thirteen-year-old Katie Pine is pulled out of an abandoned mineshaft. And only Cardinal is willing to consider the horrible truth: that this quiet town is home to the most vicious of serial killers. With the media, the provincial police and his own department questioning his every move, Cardinal follows increasingly tenuous threads towards the unthinkable. Time isn’t only running out for him, but for another young victim, tied up in a basement …

Bone Canyon by Lee Goldberg

BONE CANYON Author: Lee Goldberg Publisher: Thomas & Mercer Series: Eve Ronin #2 Format: Paperback, 288 pages Genre: Murder-Mystery BACK COVER BLURB A catastrophic wildfire scorches the Santa Monica Mountains, exposing the charred remains of a woman who disappeared years ago. The investigation is assigned to Eve Ronin, the youngest homicide detective in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a position that forces her to prove herself again and again. This time, though, she has much more to prove. Bones don’t lie, and these have a horrific story to tell. Eve tirelessly digs into the past, unearthing dark secrets that reveal nothing about the case is as it seems. With almost no one she can trust, her relentless pursuit of justice for the forgotten dead could put Eve’s own life in peril. 0

We Were Killers Once by Becky Masterman

WE WERE KILLERS ONCE Author: Becky Masterman Publisher: Penguin Random House Series: Brigid Quinn book #4 Format: Paperback Genre: Mystery | Suspense Back Cover Blurb In 1959, a family of four were brutally murdered in Holcomb, Kansas. Perry Smith and Dick Hickok were convicted and executed for the crime, and the murders and their investigation and solution became the subject of Truman Capote’s masterpiece, IN COLD BLOOD. But what if there was a third killer, who remained unknown? What if there was another family, also murdered, who crossed paths with this band of killers, though their murder remains unsolved? And what if Dick Hickok left a written confession, explaining everything? 0

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

BURY YOUR DEAD Author: Louise Penny Publisher: Minotaur Books Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #6 Format: Paperback Genre: Murder-Mystery BACK COVER BLURB As Quebéc City shivers in the grip of winter, its ancient stone walls cracking in the cold, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache plunges into the strangest case of his celebrated career. A man has been brutally murdered in one of the city’s oldest buildings – a library where the English citizens of Quebec safeguard their history. And the death opens a door into the past, exposing a mystery that has lain dormant for centuries . . . a mystery Gamache must solve if he’s to catch a present-day killer. 0